patching a hole

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DaughterOfEve, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a converted shed for a coop with a chew hole on the exterior painted wall. (particle board I believe) It is about 5 inches across. How would you go about patching it. Winter is coming and I really don't want snow blowing in on the girls. Here is a link to a picture of the shed. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/40537_henhouse.jpg
     
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is behind the particle board? If it's a wood frame, just nail a piece of plywood over the hole. Then if you have extra paint in the same color, just paint over and you'll hardly notice it.
     
  3. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a wood framed shed with no insulation or interior walls. Considering both for the winter. Though I have cold hardy breeds.
     
  4. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you think it was a rodent chewing hole? If so, when you cover it, consider using some steel wool in the hole and covering both sides with a patch. Rodents hate steel wool and will avoid an area it they bite into some. Check along the coop for more that are harder to see- once you're down on your knees with a hammer and nails you might as well get all of them! [​IMG]
     
  5. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The holes are up high, so I am not sure who the guilty party is. There was a squirrel living in the shed before we moved it.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    The easiest thing, which would work ok, would be to cut a piece of exterior grade plywood or other patch material, several healthy inches larger on each side than your hole is, then sand off any loose paint where it'll go, and use construction adhesive to glue the patch on. Depending on your sense of aesthetics, you could even shape the patch like an egg or a chicken or the sun or whatever else ya like. Or not [​IMG]

    For a less ugly-or-cute look, and a slightly more durable job, take a piece of 1x6 or 1x8 long enough to span the top of the doorway plus some extra. You will be mounting it centered over the door, so it has to stick out enough to the sides to cover that hole. Locate where the studs are in the wall framing, and screw the piece of wood on into them. Then caulk along the top and side seams (where it is against the wall). It will look like a fancy trim detail [​IMG] Or I suppose you could make it into a coop sign if you prefer.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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